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A Year of Ritual: Sabbats & Esbats for Solitaries & Covens

A Year of Ritual: Sabbats & Esbats for Solitaries & Covens [Kindle Edition]

Sandra Kynes
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It's easy to lose ourselves in the everyday business of life. One way to bring our bodies, minds, and spirits into alignment is through ritual celebrations. A vital part of Wicca and Paganism, ritual strengthens our connection to nature and helps us enter the realm of the Divine.

For Witches and Pagans of all levels, A Year of Ritual provides ready-made rituals for a full year of Sabbats and Esbats. Groups or solitary participants can use these easy-to-follow rituals straight from the book. Ideas, words, and directions for each ritual are included along with background information, preparation requirements, and themes. This unique sourcebook also explains basic formats and components for creating your own rituals.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1212 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0738705837
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (1 Sep 2004)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003U8AB4O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Starting place for group and individual ritual 24 Sep 2004
Ms. Kynes presents to us in this book a basic handbook of very generic rituals focusing on individuals and covens.
The book is broken down into three main parts: The Sabbats, The Esbats and Appendix. Each of these are broken down even further.
The Sabbats and Esbats focus on ritual in two parts, one for covens and one for individuals. After a brief introduction to the Holiday or Moon, and a little background, she goes into themes, preparations, setups, and the rituals. Every ritual is laid out with all the elements of ritual spelled out, all the lines written, and it is a matter of picking up the book and reading through the ritual. No fuss, no muss. Solo Rituals are the same, with everything laid out so all you have to do is read.
The Rituals are specific to the Holiday, or the Moon, and each one is seasonally appropriate, but they all follow the same format. The same holds true for the Solo Rituals, while being specific to the Holiday or the Moon, they are pretty much a format ritual. There is included an 'October: Moon before the Dark' ritual which is based on the J.R.R. Tolkien's version of how the sun and the moon came into being, and it offers some originality but still sticks to the format introduced in the beginning of the book.
The Appendices all contain some basic additional information, regarding: Your Practice, Ogham, Glossary and Pronunciation Guide to Non-English Words, How to Make a Flower Sachet and Preparing for Ritual. These elements are incorporated elsewhere in the rituals in the book, and again give a general overview of the subject.
As you make your way through the rituals in this book, you will learn the meaning of many of the symbols, tools and the origins of the Holidays and Esbats and various traditions.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Soulful 28 May 2005
By Mary Barrett - Published on
I have been a Pagan since I was a teenager in the 1970s. I've dabbled in this, that and the other, and attended lots of festivals in my travels around the U.S. My bookshelves are loaded with volumes on ritual, Wicca and Paganism and so I was somewhat reluctant to buy yet another. I'm glad I listened to that little voice that said I needed this one. I have been following its rituals for nine months now, and it's been a wonderful journey.

The format of the rituals in this book are the way I have done them for years. Sure, from time to time it's fun to do things differently, but I find comfort in familiar things. I also find that my experience is deeper this way. I work mainly on my own, but enjoy ritual with friends when we can manage to synchronize our schedules. It's great to not have to "transpose" everything for solo ritual. Ms. Kynes' intention that the book be used to brainstorm our own rituals has proven to be an incredible catalyst for our group.

I think I am one of the few Pagans not wild about Lord of the Rings, but the Tolkien ritual is very heartfelt. It really illustrates the power of myth and the importance of storytelling -- stuff we've lost in our crazy society. I think it's a nice tribute from one writer to another. The other rituals have a good balance of creativity, history and meaning for today.

This is what I would call a soft and gentle approach to ritual -- not to be confused with fuzzy bunny because that it is not. The rituals are not wild and showy. They have kept me in touch with my inner self and I can feel the cycle of the year in my heart. I recommend this book for anyone who calls themselves a Pagan.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Year of Ritual 18 Mar 2005
By Stephanie Rose Bird - Published on
In "A Year of Ritual: Sabbats & Esbats for Solitaries and Covens" author Sandra Kynes brings the reader through a year of ritual and ceremony just as the title suggests. As an advanced practitioner I felt a desire for less defined structure and more ideas to incorporate into my magical year. This is a good book for those who need total structure because there is not a lot of wiggle room for inserting your own ideas or beliefs. Sandra Kynes is a fine writer with a very concise, somewhat elfish style that is endearing. At the back of the book there is even a glossary and some pronunciations for elfish words, which is a really nice touch.
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There's Always More to Learn 25 Oct 2004
By Maggie Nolan - Published on
I thought I had learned a lot about sabbats over the years but this book proves that there is always more to explore. There's plenty of food for thought about ritual itself.

This book is beautifully written and I shall enjoy using these words in my rituals for a long time to come.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful Beginner's Book 20 Mar 2009
By The Happy Vampyr - Published on
I've been practicing the craft for a little over a year now. I was given this book less than a month after starting my craft by a friend who had seen it at the book store. Being so new to all of this I was able to follow the solitary rituals with ease coming away from each experience feeling as though I really had accomplished something. The author gives you the background of the meaning behind each occasion and a list of things you would need for the rituals which I recommend reading before you intend on performing the ritual so you'll be prepared.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very detailed Book! 24 Nov 2009
By Derek Lowe - Published on
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As a new Wiccan, I am happy knowing that this book not only covers the major Sabbats, but it also includes the esbats. Very detailed and thorough, but makes it easy to understand to a new learning. By adding in the coven aspect along with the single person ideas makes it awesome to learn from!
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